Superstars don't usually make good NBA coaches, but Chris Paul may be the exception.
No player, aside from LeBron James, controls the floor as well as Paul. He knows everything that's going on at all times. Every cut, every player's sweet spots, what things frustrate opponents. Paul has mastered the little differences that go into winning a basketball game.
Paul could be teamed with a group of benchwarmers and could make them look great. Paul's intense knowledge of the game and his legendary court awareness are just some of the reasons why he's the best point guard in the NBA. Like Fisher, Paul is as close as you can get to have a real coach out on the floor.
Last season, the Clippers made the postseason for the first time since 2005-06. The Clippers are a young squad, but Paul constantly directed his teammates, making sure they were making the right cuts or were located at the right place at the right time.
This is more difficult than it sounds. Paul worked around a coach, Vinny Del Negro, who consistently made more than his own fair share of questionable moves.
As a head coach, Paul would bring an awareness no other coach has ever had. Paul also has patience, a very important factor that separates teachers from good to great.
The only thing that will prevent Paul from becoming a great coach is the life of relaxation after his NBA career. Coaching is hard, stressful work. Paul could be a fantastic coach, but retirement must sound nice following years of competing on the court at the highest level.